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This study published by the World Bank and CIAT charts strengths, weaknesses and barriers to adoption of climate-smart agriculture in an effort to unlock investment.

The report Bringing the concept of climate smart agriculture to life launched by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the World Bank in December 2018 analyses efforts to transform farming through climate-smart agriculture in 33 countries to guide future investment and build resilience for the world’s 500 million smallholder farmers vulnerable to climate change.

The report is a comprehensive analysis of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), listing the top 10 insights into its implementation that scientists have gathered from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America during five years of research. More than 1,500 experts categorise and rate the “smartness” of dozens of CSA interventions, as well as identifying key barriers to adoption and opportunities for scaling up.

Some 1,700 CSA combinations were evaluated in the report but just five technology clusters account for 50 per cent of all CSA technologies identified: water management, crop tolerance to stress, intercropping, organic fertilization and pest control, and conservation agriculture.

Other major findings of the report include:

• Technologies considered climate smart vary from region to region.

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